I.M.A Gallery is now the… Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone Hotel !

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We would like to thank everyone for supporting the I.M.A Gallery all these years and hope you will continue to support us as the Ryerson Artspace! We have relocated to 1214 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6 at the Gladstone Hotel Artbar. Our new website is under construction and will go live soon.

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Upcoming Show: Rock Show by Paige Sabourin

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Nuit Blanche Performance Oct 4th, 2014, 7PM – 2AM

Rock Show Exhibition Reception October 16th, 2014 , 7PM – 10PM

Exhibition runs October 9th – October 26th


 

Paige Sabourin is one of many artists showcasing in Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche, with more than 80 independent projects by Toronto’s art community and four curated exhibitions featuring 48 projects produced by the City of Toronto. For more information, please visit: http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca






IMA GALLERY IS MOVING !

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The IMA gallery will be forced to leave our current location on the third floor of 80 Spadina and move into a new space with an intended re-opening in September 2014. Currently there are two possible options for a new home and we would like student opinion on which location you think would be more suitable. Please help us decide on a new home by clicking HERE!






‘I’m Not There’ by Saman Aghvami

Curated by: Samantha Wehbi
April 30th – May 24th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 3rd, 2PM – 5PM

I’m Not There is a photographic project that explores the presence of nostalgic places, as memory and images, in the lives of those among the Iranian diaspora in Toronto who are unable to return to their homeland. The subjects of this photographic project are Iranians who have left their homeland for different reasons and at different times. Among the subjects are political dissidents, artists, gays, lesbians and religious minorities who were forced to flee because of persecution and, in some cases, threat of execution. This project will touch upon concepts and themes of exile and nostalgia for a home that is longed for but out of reach. As an Iranian living in Canada, Aghvami was compelled to delve into this topic, which spoke to him on a personal level. Moreover, his interest in Iran’s current politics was a strong motivation for him to think more deeply about the notion of exile and to commence this project. Continue reading






‘Mikvah: A Tradition of Purity’ by Margalit Slovin

April 2nd – 26th, 2014
Opening Reception: April 3rd, 6PM-9PM
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“A miraculous compound, it is the primary source and vivifying factor of all sustenance and, by extension, all life as we know it…Water has the power to purify: to restore and replenish life to our essential, spiritual selves.” (Rivkah Slonim)

For centuries, water has been used as an integral part of religious rituals for different faiths throughout the world. These rituals are often performed in the public eye so that many can witness them. However, in the Jewish faith, there is one private ritual for a woman that involves immersion in a special pool of water, called a mikvah.

This exhibit sheds light on both the traditional and modern beauty of the mikvah ritual. The photographic series addresses three integral components of the tradition of purity: religiously observant women, the accessories needed to prepare for the ritual immersion, and the mikvah spaces themselves. The portraits are taken with unique vantage points that cleverly protect the identity of the women, while the accessories are presented in a way that elevates seemingly utilitarian objects to specialized utensils that serve a higher purpose. The mikvah images go beyond architectural interiors; they subtly reveal the detailed process involved in the ritual.

The mikvah ritual has many layers of significance, connecting generations of Jewish women. The subject matter is a delicate one; yet, Slovin’s bold photographs are also imbued with a deep sensitivity and intimacy. The photographs in this exhibit respectfully offer insight into this timeless, private tradition of purity.

Margalit Slovin is a Canadian/American photographer who recently graduated from the BFA photography program at Ryerson University. Since then, she has moved to Israel to work at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Margalit’s compelling photographic art works highlight specifics within culture, religion, and identity, often through a combination of portraits and landscapes.

http://margalitslovin.com/






Modality 2014

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Work by Ryerson 3rd Year Photography Students
March 5th – March 29th, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, March 6th, 7 – 9 p.m.

Modality is a specific way in which information is encoded for its presentation to individuals. As photographers, modality is expressed through the making and displaying of images. When dealing with a certain theme, such as the Human Subject, we think about our own experiences and this influences the creation of our photographs. As artists we rarely go out into the world and record objectively. The use of the camera gives us the opportunity to be selective and transform “raw material” into an image that speaks within a narrative of subjectivity. Our choice in how we communicate through photographs distinguishes us as artists; if everyone recorded the same way, the expressive opportunities in photography, and art in general, would be limited.

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‘Blueprints’ by Callan Field

Blueprints – Callan Field

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January 16th – February 1st, 2014
Opening Reception – Thursday, January 16th, 6 p.m. – 9p.m.

Within the fields of archeology and anthropology it is often remarked that humanity is the only known force capable of marking straight lines into the surface of the earth. As such, anywhere linear lines are found, a human presence existed. When these modifications are viewed from an aerial perspective, they form geometric shapes and patterns of human land use that are unremarkable or unperceivable from the ground.
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